Voting by Mail: Civil War to Covid-19

August 24, 2024 – February 23, 2025
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Absentee ballot request postcard, 1944

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC

Level 2, William H. Gross Stamp Gallery

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The presidential election year is the appropriate time to reflect on past examples of national voting by mail. This exhibition includes objects from the National Postal Museum collection, including a mailed tally sheet from 1864 recording the votes of soldiers from Highland County, Ohio; an absentee ballot request postcard for an Alabama soldier during World War II; a 5-cent postage stamp reminding citizens to register and vote; and a complete absentee ballot kit and instruction sheet from the last presidential election in 2020.